Spin Is What The Other Guys Do

On Tim Russert this weekend, Bill O'Reilly, host of Fox's "O'Reilly Factor" and author of "The No Spin Zone," was spinning freely. He used the words "steal" and "misappropriate" in a particularly gross generalization about how federal dollars are spent on health and social programs.

Speaking of stealing and misappropriation, the lead story on tonight's 60 Minutes - "Halliburton: All In The Family" - focused on government contracts awarded to Halliburton, Bechtel and others, secretly and without competitive bidding. The connections between these companies and Bush Administration insiders like Vice President Dick Cheney, Richard Perle, George Schultz and others is impressive. This story is getting harder and harder to spin as it reeks of influence peddling, graft and backroom deals.